I saw a tweet from Scott Ingram that caught my attention, where he asks about General V:
I’ve read a number of comments on Penelope Trunk’s blog about generation Y vs. the baby boomers, and of course my generation, the forgotten generation, Gen X.
There’s a lot of animosity, and blame. I see the millennials (GenY) blame the Baby Boomers for this financial mess (recession) we are in, while the baby boomers are saying “we’ve worked for what we got, and why did you go into debt to get a big screen TV?? Something we didn’t do… and on and on.
If you want to get your generational thang riled up go read the comments from Reason to give thanks: There is no job shortage for young people and 3 Ways work will change when Gen Y is in charge.
As my wife would say, it’s enough to “make my tired ache.”
Every generation has their strengths and weaknesses. And all younger generations, including those to come, think that the older generations are a bunch of know-nothing has-beens.
I think it’s hilarous to generalize that all young people know technology and all old people don’t … I find that to be untrue, especially in the workplace.
I am still amazed to ask a room full of college students who is on LinkedIn (hardly anyone) and who is on facebook (hardly anyone).
The stereotypes just don’t seem to be true, as with most stereotypes.
Can’t we all just get along??
That’s where this Generation V thing might come in… and if it isn’t Generation V, perhaps there is something that will help us step out of the hurtful stereotypes.
You can read more about Generation V at:
- Tekrati – Generation V will have a profound influence on culture, society and business, says Gartner
- Information Literacy Weblog – Generation V
- Marketing Charts – ‘Generation V’ Defies Traditional Demographics
- CIO Mind – Generation V
- Ad Week blogs – Check your email. Generation V says hello.
- Virtual Worlds News – Gartner Says Generation V Will Shift Business to Virtual Experience
And here are a few recent posts from this blog about Age Discrimination…
What does all of this mean for YOUR career?